POLITICS

Will Biden’s Age Be the Defining Issue This Election?

Like most things in politics, it’s complicated — but the Democratic party may be asking too much of its voters

Sikander Hayat Khan
Dialogue & Discourse
5 min readOct 21, 2023

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We don’t live in a purely rational world. If we did, this would’ve been more black-and-white. But it isn’t. The proverbial terrain is muddled, and answers fluctuate as fast as our emotions do. Some, no doubt, will be willing to bite the bullet. Others might have already convinced themselves the president doesn’t do much anyway, that it’s his staff that does all the heavy lifting. But there, inevitably, will be those who won’t be able to see past the aging head of state who has them at the edge of their seats every time he climbs a set of stairs.

The latter point might not seem that relevant to you, especially if your head is geared more toward policy than anything else. But, as I’ve already alluded to, we’re not all the same. I’d wager more people vote based on their emotions than you think. And even there, there’s a spectrum. Once you manage to get through all that, there’s still the data to analyze. What do the polls say? Which ethnic group is voting which way? What are the incumbent’s approval ratings? How tight are the battleground states? What do the key voters there think about the subject matter at…

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Sikander Hayat Khan
Dialogue & Discourse

Essays on U.S. politics and the Middle East. Law and politics grad. Masters in Law. Published in The Friday Times.